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Rhetoric in recusant writing, published 1580-1603

Abstract:

Catholic writers traditionally approach the laity through the sacraments rather than the Word. Nonetheless, three devotional genres - meditation, hagiography and catechism - recognize that effective written appeals to a reader can be made using rhetoric. This thesis analyses such rhetoric, in recusant devotional texts published by secret presses between 1580 and 1603.

Most detailed examinations of Catholic works think of rhetoric as emasculating the virile yet chaste prose of a 'shi...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Faculty of English Language and Literature
Publication date:
1992
Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
Awarding institution:
University of Oxford
Barcode:
602337619
URN:
uuid:6c33a077-8c94-4652-b5b6-f4be928afbba
Local pid:
td:602337619

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